Paul Mihailidis

Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar; Associate Professor of Media Studies, School of Communication, Emerson College, USA

Paul Mihailidis is an associate professor in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches media literacy, civic media, and community activism. He is founding program director of the MA in Civic Media: Art & Practice and a Principle Investigator of the Emerson Engagement Lab. Since 2009, Mihailidis has directed the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, a global media literacy incubator program that annually gathers 75 students and a dozen faculty from around the world to build networks for media innovation, civic voices and global change. His research focuses on the nexus of media, education, and civic voices. His newest books, Civic Agency (Routledge 2018), Civic Media: Technology, Design, Practice (2016, MIT Press, with Eric Gordon) and Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen (Peter Lang, 2014), outlines effective practices for participatory citizenship and engagement in digital culture. Mihailidis has authored numerous books and papers exploring civic media, and traveled around the world speaking about media and engagement in digital culture. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Washington Post, Slate Magazine, the Nieman Foundation, USA Today, CNN, and others. He co-edits the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and sits on the advisory board for iCivics. He earned his PhD from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.